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El Azteca

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6438
+1 515-232-0116
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Bertrand, Nebraska
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, was the food great at El Azteca! Mexican food is my favorite, and this ranks right up there with the top. We ordered the Pollo al Chipotle and the Pork Tacos. The chicken was different than any other we've had, but the Pork Tacos were the star of the meal. Oh, the chips and salsa were pretty tasty, too!

Thank Linda S
Iowa Falls, Iowa
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have eaten here several times. Its a nice place with fast courteous service. My wife likes their fish tacos and my favorite is their special burrito washed down with a margarita. They are usually busy and after you eat here, you will know why.

Thank Kornkurt
Mount Vernon, Iowa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate there four times in four days and enjoyed every visit!!! Great Staff and willing to go the extra for the customer!!

Thank robertbC2503PG
Tucson, Arizona
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47 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I have been coming to this area for years and just stumbled on this gem with my last stay. We had a diverse party of 25 (babies, seniors, handicapped, and picky eaters) and the restaurant took great care of us! They do not take reservations even for a large party so we showed up at 4:00 on a Sunday to... More 

Thank 432rosef
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

If you visit Ames and are looking for a great place for Mexican food, then make sure you stop here. You will not be disappointed, but please make sure you bring someone with you.

Thank Darrell D
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Good Mexican restaurant with a great menu. We take the family here when visiting Ames. Not a big fan of their salsa but love the cheese sauce. Clean and fun atmosphere. Would recommend if you want a sit down Mexican meal.

Thank rebecca d
Ames, Iowa
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Owners are super friendly! We crave the Huevos Rancheros and Poncho's Lemon Lime Chicken. Everything is served super fast and hot. Best Margaritas in Ames. I like the original location on S. Dayton because that is where we first started going. My wife likes the location in north Ames because of the newness of the restaurant. We usually go to... More 

Thank grandski
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57 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Although they are friendly, the food really underwhelms! The salsa has a good kick, but the rest of the food is almost tasteless! The beef is bland, the peppers are mushy and the retried beans are watery! We ate it, but we won't be back!😝

Thank Kevin N
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

So it appears there is two Azteca's in Ames. Don't go to the one on Dayton Avenue that looks like an old Embers from 1983. Food & service was terrible. Had to flag down my server to order, food arrived in 2 minutes. guessing the fajita's are NOT made to order, as they came out sloppy & could tell they... More 

Thank Mplstraveler1234
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Food is excellent. I have many favorites, fajitas, arose con pollo, carnitas. Service is very good and fast. Great place for lunch or dinner.

Thank Terry W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 S Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010-6438
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-0116

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?